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Cluj-Napoca
Travel Guide

Cluj-Napoca

Spend a few days exploring excellent museums, bohemian cafés and historic churches in this spirited student-driven city.

Cluj-Napoca, often known as simply Cluj, has Romania’s largest student population percentage. The youthful crowd lends the city a cosmopolitan air and contributes to its lively nightlife scene. People-watch from the terrace of one of the open-air cafés lining the city’s main square, admire lovely Baroque architecture and attend a show at the theater and opera house.

The city’s main square, Piaţa Unirii, surrounds St. Michael’s Church, one of the most striking examples of Gothic architecture in the country. Inspect the late 14th-century altar as well as the gorgeous 15th-century frescoes decorating the southwestern chapel. Stop by on Saturday evenings to hear one of the church’s free organ recitals.

Stroll through the Alexandru Borza Botanic Gardens, one of the largest gardens in southeastern Europe. Look inside the gardens’ museum and explore greenhouses filled with tropical and desert plants. Among the highlights in the garden are the 7-foot-wide (2-meter) Amazon water lilies and the serene Japanese garden.

Visit the superb Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania, one of the finest ethnographic museums in the country. Spread across two floors, the museum features more than 65,000 artifacts, including tools, weapons, crafts, traditional clothing and household items. The museum also includes an excellent open-air component, displaying a collection of peasant houses and buildings.

In the evening, watch a play or opera at the colorful Romanian National Theatre. The theater was designed in the early 20th century by well-known Austrian architects Fellner and Helmer. Check out photos of past performances decorating the walls of the opulent lobby.

Cluj-Napoca International Airport is 4 miles (7 kilometers) from the city center, which can be reached by bus or taxi. The city is also well connected to Braşov, Bucharest, Budapest and Sibiu by train. Reach the main attractions by bus, tram and trolleybus. Many of the major sites and hotels are actually within walking distance of one another. Experience the beguiling charm and fascinating culture of this bustling city.

Where to stay in Cluj-Napoca

Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca
Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca
3.5 out of 5
B-dul 21 Decembrie 1989 nr.67, Cluj-Napoca
The price is £50 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Located in Cluj-Napoca City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pharmacy Museum and National Museum of Art. Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (308 reviews)
"Good value, friendly staff, clean and well located"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2020

Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca
Hotel Platinia
Hotel Platinia
5 out of 5
Calea Manastur, 6-Feb, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj Napoca
Free cancellation
The price is £115 per night from 26 May to 26 May
Situated in Cluj-Napoca, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Casino Parcul Central and Gold Casino. Matthias Corvinus House and Botanical Garden ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)
"Amazing hotel nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the centre - you can walk to the park and some sights too- lovely staff and exquisite decor"

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Hotel Platinia
Hotel Transilvania
Hotel Transilvania
3 out of 5
Strada Regele Ferdinand 20, Cluj-Napoca
The price is £37 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in Cluj-Napoca City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Pharmacy Museum and National History Museum of Transylvania. National Museum of Art and Matthias ...
4.1/5Very Good! (63 reviews)
"Old building but kept clean and run efficiently. Great location"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2019

Hotel Transilvania
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cluj Lux Apartments Platinia
Cluj Lux Apartments Platinia
3.5 out of 5
Calea Manastur 2-4, Cluj-Napoca
Situated in Cluj-Napoca, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Polyvalent Hall and Central Park Simion Barnutiu. Casino Parcul Central and Cluj ...
Cluj Lux Apartments Platinia
ZEN Apartments Cluj
ZEN Apartments Cluj
3.5 out of 5
3 Aleea Valeriu Bologa, Cluj-Napoca, CJ
The price is £38 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated in the shopping district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Iulius Mall Cluj and Gheorgheni Sports Center. Gheorgheni Lake and Centrul ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Very good experience, the flat was nice and clean. The location is also good, close to shops and the city centre."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

ZEN Apartments Cluj
Relax Cluj Apartment and Terrace
Relax Cluj Apartment and Terrace
70 Strada Plopilor, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County
Situated in Cluj-Napoca, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Polyvalent Hall, Cluj Arena and Central Park Simion Barnutiu. Casino Parcul Central ...
Relax Cluj Apartment and Terrace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Cluj-Napoca

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

5 Jan 2020

Nice enough town local food was good but there are much nicer prettier towns in Romania to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Dec 2019

Not sure why was not asked to rate either the Art Museum or the Ethnography Museum. If you're in central Cluj and have an hour or two to spare they are worth the small entrance fee, especially the former which has paintings by Nicolae Grigorescu.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

6 Oct 2019

It’s quite nice but everything is closed on Sunday do it was a big boring

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Sep 2019

It is fine

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Aug 2019

Try Che Guevara bar...we loved it!!!

3/5 - Okay

Jackie

4 Aug 2019

Transport can be a problem. Local areas are easy to reach by bus and taxi...both very cheap...but it was impossible to reach other towns and villages by train as nobody at the station seems to know anyrhing about times and destinations!